Public consultation on due diligence and supply chain integrity for Intellectual Property protection

The European Commission (DG GROW/Joint Research Centre) has launched a public consultation on the mechanisms developed by companies to secure their supply chains and thereby protect their IP. This initiative is part of the Follow the Money strategy, which was announced in the European Single Market Strategy (adopted on 28 October 2015) in view of preventing IP infringing products and services from penetrating the on- and off-line markets.

The viability of FRAND policies: How the Seminal Microsoft Ruling Could Impact the Value of Standard Essential Patents and the Future of Telecom Standards

A paper of Bowman Heiden, from the Centre for Intellectual Property (CIP) in Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, addresses the viability of F/RAND policies to regulate the equilibrium between patent holdup and freeriding (or patent holdout) in the context of telecommunication standards and highlights the danger of the IEEE rules.

EU IPR Helpdesk: Factsheet on Technology Licensing-in

Technological innovation is a key component for companies to face more and more increasing market competition. Indeed, since new products with new functions appear on the market on a regular basis, companies need to innovate by developing or acquiring technology.

Instead of investing in technology creation, it may make good business sense to use or adapt a technological solution developed by others. The process of acquiring the rights related to a third party’s technology through a licence agreement is indicated as technology licensing-in.

The fact sheet prepared by the EU IPR helpdesk analyses the most relevant issues related to technology licensing- in, giving readers an overview of the preliminary steps and practical suggestions to follow in order to get prepared for future negotiations.

Ten ways businesses and innovative SMEs can benefit from patents other than by practising them

4 IP Council, an IP friendly think tank comprising academics, former high-level EU officials and leading technology inventors in Europe, sees creativity and inventiveness as a right to be protected and rewarded. 4 IP Council just published a briefing illustrating the multiple functions and benefits of patents. 

A new step to making the EU Unitary patent a reality

The EU Unitary patent will provide a new way for inventors and innovators to protect their patent in the EU. Today, the patents are awarded by national IP offices and give protection in one country. The EU Unitary patent means that just a single application will be needed for a patent grant, providing a one stop shop covering the territory of 26 EU countries. It will reduce patenting costs for companies, especially SMEs and start-ups.